September 3, 2018

A couple of years ago I attended my first IACP (the big annual Police Chiefs Conference). With more enthusiasm than conviction, I scanned the list of presentations looking for some Canadian content. My eyes lighted on one intriguing possibility: a presentation by one o...

August 27, 2018

Occasionally something will come across my Twitter feed that sparks some interest. One of those posts was from Thomas Abt, a criminologist at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  The content of the tweet?

I’ll be honest: I’ve never given much thought to the concept...

August 20, 2018

A while back I was sent a D.M. from a policing friend on Twitter. He wanted to know my opinion on a recently released study purporting to show that Canadian policing was becoming increasing militarized. Somewhat unusually for any Canadian criminology research, it got p...

August 13, 2018

Over the past few years the Ontario and Saskatchewan governments have been heavily promoting the concept of ‘community safety and well-being’ (CSWB). What is this? It’s generally understood as: “the combination of social, economic, environmental, cultural, and politica...

August 7, 2018

A recent email inquiry got me thinking about the question of ethics and the problem of confirmation bias. What my correspondent wanted to know was how to respond

to concerns raised by a colleague over a proposed randomized controlled trial of a policing program that pur...

August 1, 2018

Recently I was asked for my opinion on a program known as ‘Keepin It Real’ (KiR. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it could also be termed ‘D.A.R.E. 2.0’. Like the original Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, KiR is intended to be an educational tool aimed...

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